Had a clinic visit today for 18 week bloods and CT scan results. The scan came up all clear
........so my inability to sleep last night was a complete waste of time!
The other good news was that all my bloods continue improving as treatment progresses. You can see the ALT/AST in my signature, these are below anything I've tested before even pre diagnosis (I did enjoy the occasional tipple in the distant past
) and quite reasonable considering where I started but all the others have also been trending better and better as my Tx has progressed. Everything is now within normal range with GGT and bilirubin, etc being well down. My AFP has also trended down and has now not only gone below 8 but dropped to 4.5, big sigh of relief there but will still need the 3 monthly scans for quite some time. Platelets which were in the 90s have trended upward each test and now reached 165. I am told this trend is a good positive indicator for future fibrosis regression.
No VL this time, next one will be at EOT in five weeks. Then SVR6 (what can I say? I like to be different......it also fits with my scan schedule.)
On top of all those pathology indicators I feel much healthier, happier and more positive that I have for years. If there is anyone out there reading this and you hasn't made up your mind about starting treatment, I say "go for it!". The improved quality of life is a significant payback by itself before you even factor in achieving SVR.